Graduate Certificate in Instructional Systems Technology


This Graduate Certificate is an online program for those pursuing instructional systems technology credentials as preparation for curriculum design in the Training and Development field; and, for those pursuing these credentials to satisfy the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Special Endorsement in Computer Education (18079).

Among the skills program completers are prepared for are:

  • Designing and implementing curriculum
  • Integrating appropriate technology into learning systems

Offered by the Department of Educational Leadership, the UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate and M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology (IST) programs are currently the only graduate IST programs in North Carolina holding National Recognition status from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology AECT.


The 18-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Instructional Systems Technology is a part-time program with a new sequence of courses beginning in fall and spring semesters. The following is the typical program completion sequence.

First Fall Semester
EIST 5100 Computer Applications in Education (3 credits)
EIST 6100 Readings in Instructional Systems Technology (3 credits)

Spring Semester
EIST 6110 Instructional Design (3 credits)
EIST 6135 Learning Media, Resources and Technology (3 credits)

Second Fall Semester
EIST 6120 Current Trends in Instructional Systems Technology (3 credits)
EIST 6130 Instructional Development Part I (3 credits)

See the Graduate Catalog for course descriptions.


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Applicants are required to have a minimum of a B.A. or B.S. Degree from an accredited college or university.

Admission applications are completed online through UNC Charlotte’s Graduate School's Online Application.

The admission process is competitive and includes an interview with the Instructional Systems Technology program faculty. The following admission application components all have the same weight in determining admission.

  1. Official transcripts showing an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or better; and, an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher for the last two years of coursework
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the field who are able to judge the quality of the applicant as a future student in this program
  3. Statement of Purpose of no more than 750 words in 12-point font and double-spaced, written definitively, coherently, and incorporating thoughtful expression in response to:
    1. How will this program help you to achieve your professional goals?
    2. What skills and knowledge do you hope to acquire and develop as a result of this program?
    3. Characterize what you would contribute to the collective learning experiences of your fellow students.
    4. How you will help the College reach its Diversity Goal?
  4. Additional items required for those using this program to satisfy the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Special Endorsement in Computer Education (18079):
    • A valid appropriate North Carolina teachers license. In the online admission application, there is a field in which to specify the type of teaching license. Rather than uploading a copy of the teaching license into the application system, scan the license and email a copy to Dr. Florence Martin.
    • A minimum of 2 to 3 years teaching or other professional experience


New DE program students will receive an email with instructions for enrolling in an online orientation. The DE Student Guide is also available to aid in your preparation and throughout your program. Topics in the Guide include:

  • Student Computing and the Technical Orientation (includes using Moodle and Saba Meeting; and technical specifications for your computer system)
  • Course Registration and Textbooks
  • Tuition
  • Student Services